Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

Current Needs

Often, individuals and families escaping danger come to Cornerstone with only the clothes on their backs.

It is a turbulent, scary time for our clients and simply having all of their basic needs met upon arriving at Cornerstone offers comfort and shows we care. The following items are in short supply right now. Please check the list often. We can accept donations of new, unopened and unused items only. Thank you!

If you have used clothing to donate, please contact Bloomington Covenant Church regarding their Closet of Hope Program at 952.831.8339. 

Current Needs: All items must be new, unopened and unused. See our Amazon Wish List for additional needs. Updated 11/14/2018

  • Gingerbread house kits
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Women’s winter coats size S to XXL (we can only accept new coats)
  • After school snacks
    • Granola bars
    • Individual-size bags of chips
    • Fruit snacks
    • Packets of powdered lemonade
    • Water
  • Shelter Needs: See a complete list of shelter’s specific needs here.
    • Twin and queen sized sheet sets
    • Resealable freezer bags
    • Personal care items: Deodorant, full-size body wash, full-size body lotion, combs and picks
    • Liquid hand soap in individual dispensers
    • 15-gallon kitchen trash bags
    • Scrub sponges
    • Liquid laundry detergent
    • Tennis shoes (all sizes – boys, girls, men, women)
    • Baby soap
    • Sippy cups
    • Regular coffee (ground)
    • Simple Green (cleaning supply)
  • Move-in Kit for Transitional Housing participants: A bucket filled with dish soap, floor cleaner, sponge mop, glass cleaner, wipes and dust spray, tub and tile cleaner, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, a roll of paper towels and a broom with dustpan (or any combination of these items). Items may be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/13FHHMSWRV6DF

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals: All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. A completed volunteer application, interview and background check is required prior to volunteering with Cornerstone. Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/14/2018

  • Data Entry: Work on adding information into a database
  • Sanitizing: Clean and sanitize our lounge areas and playrooms to help eliminate the spread of germs
  •  Music Volunteer: Work one-on-one with a teen participant on how to maximize the use of our music equipment

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups: All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. A completed volunteer application, interview and background check is required prior to volunteering with Cornerstone. Contact Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org for details. Updated 11/14/2018

  • Host a Party: Use your imagination and creativity to organize a party for children in our shelter and community programs. Crafts, games, face painting and art projects are some of the many activities groups have done. Good for groups of any size.
  • Host a Holiday Gift Drive: Let employees and/or clients know about the opportunity to donate gifts. We’re seeking new, unused and unwrapped gifts for adults and kids 0-18 and suggest spending $15-$40 per gift. Gifts can also be sent directly to us, suggested items are available on our Amazon Wish List at bit.ly/holidayshop18. All gifts must be to Cornerstone by November 30. More information about Holiday Shop is available here
  • Seasonal Yard Work: Help us maintain our gardens and grounds
  • Sanitizing: Clean and sanitize our lounge areas and playrooms to help eliminate the spread of germs
  • Host a Donation Drive for families transitioning out of shelter: Cooking up a Storm (kitchen items), Baby Shower, Splish Splash (bath items), Clean Sweep (cleaning supplies), Good Night Sleep Tight (pillows, bedding, pajamas, slippers)

Items Needed Year Round

  • Gift certificates for gas, car repair, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, grocery stores and other retail stores to meet specific needs of our clients.
  • Used, broken, or unwanted gold and silver jewelry

Donation Drives

Are you looking for an opportunity to gather coworkers, friends, family, neighbors, a scout troop or members of a religious organization together for a good cause? Consider hosting a donation drive of new, unused items. The following are ideas for themed items our shelter and community program need year-round. We are happy to provide fliers or additional information about Cornerstone to make your donation drive a success.

Good Night, Sleep Tight: New sheets, bath towels, washcloths, pillows and pillow cases, pajamas in all sizes for women and children, robes and slippers, alarm clocks, etc.

Baby Shower: Diapers, baby wipes, bottles, baby food, onesies, new socks, shoes, teethers, baby monitors, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, etc.

Breakfast Bundles: Non-perishable food items, individually packaged cereal cups, granola bars, fruit snacks, fruit cups, etc.

Winter Warmth: Waterproof mittens, warm hats, scarfs, boots and waterproof coats in all sizes for women, teens, and children.

Daily Living: (Full sized) toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hair brushes, picks, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, chapstick, etc.

Summer Sunshine: Swimming suits in all sizes for women, teens and children, flip flops, beach towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.